Franz (François) Roubaud

Born: 1856, Odessa
Died: 1928, Munich

French painter, graphic artist, illustrator, teacher. Born in the family of a French bookseller and stationer from Marseille called Honoré Fortuné Alexis Roubaud and seamstress Madeleine Sénèque in Odessa (1856). Studied at the Odessa School of Drawing (1865–77) and under Carl Theodor von Piloty, Otto Seitz and Wilhelm von Diez at the Königliche Akademie der Künste in Munich (1878–83). Painted a series of works depicting the wars in the Caucasus (1880s–90s) and the panoramas Defence of Sebastopole (1901–05) and Battle of Borodino (1910–12). Headed the battle-painting studio at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1903–12). Academician (1908). Illustrated Nikolai Kutepov’s book Imperial Hunting in Russia (1911). Moved to Germany (1912) and settled with his second wife Elsa and children in Munich (1913). Died in Munich and buried on the island of Frauenchiemsee in the Chiemsee (1928). Contributed to exhibitions, including the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1896, 1898), Pan-Russian Exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod (1896), Play and Passion in Russian Fine Art at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (1999) and a one-man show at the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts in St Petersburg (1889).

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